“It is quite possible that [Shakespeare] might have come across a Falstaff of some kind; but it’s most unlikely that he ever met a villain quite so villainous as Iago.” – Giuseppe Verdi
In American political and legal discourse, freedom is a concept that gets tossed around a lot, perhaps more than any other. Interestingly, despite the centrality of this concept in the debate, the English language lacks the nuanced vocabulary to differentiate between the many different connotations of the word “free”.
Dr. Conrad Murray is accused of administering the fatal dose of the painkiller Propofol, which led to the death of Michael Jackson on June 25, 2009. On Monday, February 7, Judge Michael Pastor agreed to let cameras into the courtroom – provided they don’t interfere with legal proceedings.
This year’s Forum Film Festival was a great success. To read about it, check out this coverage in a number of the country’s top publications:
The Economist on “Too Big To Fail.”
The New York Times’ Dealbook on “Wall Street.”
The New York Law School’s Law and Journalism Blog on “Kramer vs. Kramer”
The Forward and The Tablet on “Daniel.”
Capital on “Absence of Malice.”
We have watched, some of us incredulously, over the last weeks as the small protest in New York’s Zuccotti Park has turned into a global phenomenon. Occupy Wall Street now lists 1,612 different “meetups” across the globe, spanning from the obvious locales (Berkley, Seattle, Paris) to the obscure (Islamabad, Fairbanks, Almaty).
By Jacqueline P. McMahon Many people don’t know this, but there are two paths to achieving a successful legal career: law school and apprenticeships. In the past, apprenticeships were the norm for obtaining a career as a practicing attorney. The apprentice would be required to work for a number of years under his mentor until he was deemed qualified. This type of work was often referred to as law office study. Some of our most famous legal and political figures, including Abraham Lincoln, chose the path of hands-on study, instead of the attending law school. Today, seven states still recognize the apprentice model of legal education: California, Maine, New York, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming. While some of these states have additional requirements for apprenticeships, for example, New York permits law office study only after the successful completion of one year at an ABA accredited law school, others have no
As a student now approaching the halfway mark of my time in law school, one of the most central and influential components of my experience has been the law school-mandated grading curve.
Fritz Lang’s M is a murder-mystery thriller starring Peter Lorre (also well-known for his role in Casablanca). A city unites in the search of a child murderer, and police and mobsters run concurrent investigations to bring the man to justice.
Over the past few decades, Congress and various administrative agencies have passed myriad broad and oftentimes trifling laws and regulations, many of which do not require the violator to have any form of mens rea—or criminal intent—in order to be found guilty.
In 1979, Kramer v. Kramer largely introduced America to the broader cultural experience of custody cases. With these words Thane Rosenbaum, the director of the Forum Film Festival, begins tonight’s discussion of this powerful film.